Distinguished composer Dr Shirley Thompson becomes a patron at Black British Academics

Distinguished composer Dr Shirley Thompson becomes a patron at Black British Academics

The distinguished composer, visionary artist and cultural activist, Dr Shirley Thompson, has become a patron at Black British Academics.

Dr Thompson is renowned as the first woman in Europe to have composed and conducted a symphony in the last 40 years – and for her extensive compositions for film, television, theatre, dance and opera.

This includes New Nation Rising, a 21st century symphony performed and recorded by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra – an epic musical story celebrating London’s thousand-year history. It was originally commissioned for the Queen’s Golden Jubilee in 2002 and is considered a predecessor of the 2012 Olympics Opening Ceremony.

Dr Thompson recently attended the VIP Evening Reception of Black British Academics’ first Leaders Forum on October 8 at the University of Westminster, where she is a Reader in Music, and is keen to lend her support to an organisation leading change in the higher education sector with which she shares a common vision.

Commenting on her new role as patron, Dr Thompson said: “I am happy to assume the role of patron for such a dynamic organisation and very much look forward to developing culturally democratic environments for students and staff throughout the academic landscape.”

​Dr Thompson will be delivering a presentation on her research at the event: Women in Classical Music at The British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors (BASCA) on Tuesday 11 November at Jermyn St Theatre, 16B Jermyn St, London SW1Y 6ST.

The event runs from 1.00pm to 2.50pm. The entry cost is £9.50 for BASCA members, £12 for non-members and £7.50 for students from supporting institutions (Bath Spa University, Canterbury Christ Church University, Institute of Contemporary Music Performance, Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts, Royal College of Music and University of the West of Scotland). Spaces can be reserved online.

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